Beer Institute supports FDA action to increase transparency through menu labeling req.’s

[Press Release:]

Requests chain restaurants list calories for each brand of alcohol beverage served

(Washington DC) – Today, the Beer Institute, an industry trade association whose members include domestic brewers of all sizes as well as beer importers and beer industry suppliers, announced that it submitted comments to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the extension of the compliance date for the final rule, Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments, to May 7, 2018. These comments stressed that consumers should be provided with the highest standard of information for alcohol beverages on menus for chain restaurants and other similar dining establishments.

“More than ever, consumers want to know as much information as possible about what they are eating and drinking. The Beer Institute and our member companies believe that providing complete information about calories and other nutritional information for each beverage will better enable consumers to make an informed decision when ordering beer, wine or a cocktail at restaurants and retail establishments. That is why we support listing the calories for each individual brand of beer, glass or bottle of wine, and each mixed drink made with hard liquor listed on an alcohol drink menu,” said Jim McGreevy, President and CEO of the Beer Institute. “We welcome the FDA’s continued dedication to providing consumers with accurate and comprehensive dietary information, and we look forward to continuing to work with government stakeholders to ensure that menu labeling requirements provide consumers with ample and specific information.”

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